Protesters outside Governor's Residence demand resources for Minneapolis homeless encampments

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Neighbors from the Powderhorn Park area of Minneapolis held a sit-in Saturday afternoon at the Governor's Residence in St. Paul.

Demonstrators set up tents and called on Gov. Tim Walz to help those experiencing homelessness after a few homeless encampments have popped up at Powderhorn Park in the past couple of weeks.

Demonstrators outside the Governor's Residence said they need more resources.

"We need the governor," said Minneapolis resident Lily Lamb, who lives near Powderhorn Park. "We need everyone across the counties, everyone across the cities to create housing and housing first initiative for every person who is sheltered and unhoused."

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